Gerrard Winstanley





Gerrard Winstanley


Born
in Wigan, Lancashire, The United Kingdom
October 19, 1609

Died
September 10, 1676

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Gerrard Winstanley, the son of a mercer, was born in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1609. He moved to London in 1690 and became an apprentice in the cloth trade and became a freeman of the Merchant Taylors' Company in 1637.

In September 1640 Windstanley married Susan King and the couple moved to Walton-on-Thames. The Civil War destroyed his business and Winstanley later wrote: "the burdens of and for the soldiery in the beginning of the war, I was beaten out of both estate and trade, and forced to accept the good-will of friends, crediting of me, to live a country life."

Influenced by the ideas of the John Lilburne and the Levellers, Winstanley published four pamphlets in 1648. He argued that all land belonged to the community rather than to separate
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The Law Of Freedom, And Oth...

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The Law of Freedom in a Pla...

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Gerrard Winstanley: Selecte...

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The True Levellers Standard...

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Fire in the Bush

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The New Law of Righteousnes...

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Winstanley 'The Law of Free...

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The Works of Gerrard Winsta...

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